MOULTRIE, Ga. — Feb. 24, 2018 will be a day JoAnn Welch will remember for the rest of her life!
Welch, a resident at PruittHealth - Moultrie, had a dream come true, thanks to PruittHealth and Second Wind Dreams. Second Wind Dreams is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help fulfill the dreams and wishes of older adults.
Welch’s “Girls Weekend Getaway” began at Sea Life Orlando Aquarium alongsid René Jordan, Latoya Ryles and Abril Castanon of PruittHealth.
Welch had always wanted to go to an aquarium but never had, Castanon said.
“She was amazed by the incredibly huge ocean-tanks and all the sea life that inhabited them,” she said. “Especially, the 360-glass tunnel the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium has. She just looked in awe as all sorts of sea creatures swam all around her.”
The next stop was the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, a 400-foot-tall enclosed observation wheel. The Orlando view was breathtaking.
She thought that the trip was over, but the best was yet to come.
Welch’s dream had been to meet Elvis Presley. She would always fantasize of meeting the King of Rock and Roll, but his death on Aug. 16, 1977, made that impossible.
“We told her we were going to see Elvis that night,” Castanon said. “She just looked at me and laughed in disbelief.”
But the PruittHealth-Moultrie team had something up their sleeve. Elvis tribute entertainer Chris MacDonald was having a concert at The Plaza Live Theater. Everything about him reminded Welch of The King of Rock and Roll, Castanon said.
“She really enjoyed his performance and his charisma. He made Ms. Welch feel extra special by dedicating his time during his performance to help make this lifelong dream come true. He kissed her cheeks and made sure she got a scarf while he was singing to her!” Castanon said.